National Community Centers of Excellence in Women's Health


Phase 1
1.Provide 1 year of financial and technical support to an existing wellness coalition to develop a strategic action plan and implementation plan to reduce gender based health disparities in targeted communities.
2. Enhance collaborative working partnerships among health organizations, community based and faith based organizations, public and private academic institutions, hospitals, medical groups and practices.
3. Enhance consumer and provider awareness of gender-based health issues in the community;
4. Increase the capacity and strengthen infrastructure among local public health organizations to increase the coordination of services to better serve women and girls

Phase II
5. Provide up to 5 years of financial and technical support for implementation of the strategic action health plan.
6. To develop and implement a health intervention plan which will be sustained after OWH funding ends.
7. To use a public health systems approach to improve on two or more identified health issues affecting women and/or girls.
8. Improve surveillance/information systems that allow tracking of program progress on gender based morbidity/ mortality objectives at the grantee level.
9. Reduce the incidence and prevalence of adverse health outcomes among women girls in local communities.

General information about this opportunity
Last Known Status
Deleted 04/02/2020 (Archived.)
Program Number
Federal Agency/Office
Agency: Department of Health and Human Services
Office: Office of the Secretary
Type(s) of Assistance Offered
Cooperative Agreements
Program Accomplishments
Not Applicable.
Section 1703(a) of the Public Health Service Act. , 42 U.S.C 300u et seq.
Who is eligible to apply/benefit from this assistance?
Applicant Eligibility
Eligible applicants include public and private non profit organizations (public and private academic institutions and hospitals); community-based and faith-based organizations, medical groups/practices and State, city, county, and local health departments, tribes and tribal organizations with expertise/experience in the proposed objectives. The applicant must be part of an existing coalition. At least a third of the partners should have demonstrated experience addressing gender differences through appropriate interventions, programs, or research related to the selected objectives.
Phase II: Eligible applicants are limited to Phase I grantees.
Beneficiary Eligibility
Women and girls across the life span.
No Credentials or documentation are required. 2 CFR 200, Subpart E - Cost Principles applies to this program.
What is the process for applying and being award this assistance?
Pre-Application Procedure
Preapplication coordination is required. Environmental impact information is not required for this program. This program is eligible for coverage under E.O. 12372, "Intergovernmental Review of Federal Programs." An applicant should consult the office or official designated as the single point of contact in his or her State for more information on the process the State requires to be followed in applying for assistance, if the State has selected the program for review.
Application Procedure
2 CFR 200, Uniform Administrative Requirements, Cost Principles, and Audit Requirements for Federal Awards applies to this program. All available grant opportunities are posted on
Award Procedure
Applications will be screened upon receipt. Those that are judged to be ineligible will be returned to the applicant. Accepted applications will be reviewed for technical merit in accordance with PHS policies. Applications will be evaluated by a technical review panel composed of independent experts. Funding decisions will be made by the OWH and will take into consideration the recommendations of the review panel; program needs; stated preferences; and geographic location. Applicants approved and funded will be issed a Notice of Grant Award.
Contact the headquarters or regional office, as appropriate, for application deadlines.
Approval/Disapproval Decision Time
From 60 to 90 days. Approximately 90 days from the application deadline date.
Not Applicable.
> 180 Days.
How are proposals selected?
To be considered for review, applications must be received by the Office of The Assistant Secretary for Health, Office of Grants Management, c/o LCG by 5:00 p.m. Eastern Time on the due date published in the “Dates” section of the FR. Applications will be screened upon receipt. Those that are judged to be in compliance will be reviewed for technical merit by a technical panel composed of experts with experience with sex and gender programs, program management, program delivery, outreach, health education and program assessment in accordance with DHHS policy. The technical review of the applications will consider the following factors for Phase I:
•Factor 1: Background and Summary (10 points)
•Factor 2: Coalition and Capacity Plan (20 points)
•Factor 3: Management Plan (25 points)
•Factor 4: Target Population (15 points)
•Factor 5: Evaluation Plan (20 points)
•Factor 6: Sustainability Plan (10 points)
The technical review of the applications will consider the following factors for Phase II:
•Factor 1: Background and Need (20 points)
•Factor 2: Implementation Plan (25 points)
•Factor 3: Management Plan (20 points)
•Factor 4: Evaluation Plan (20 points)
•Factor 5: Sustainability Plan (15 points)
Details regarding the elements to be addressed within each Factor are available in the FR notice.
How may assistance be used?
Funds may be used to implement evidence-based strategies to program objectives.
Phase II: to implement the approved strategic plan and evaluate the effectiveness of the program. Funds may not be used for construction, building alterations, equipment, printing, food, and medical treatment.
What are the requirements after being awarded this opportunity?
Progress reports are due quarterly and the end-of-year report is due 30 days after the close of the project period. Grantees must submit quarterly SF425 Federal Financial Reports to Payment Management Services due on one of the standard due dates on which cash reporting is required or at the end of a calendar quarter. The FFR is due 30 days after the end of each calendar quarter. For Phase I and Phase II, the applicant will submit quarterly progress reports . The purpose of the progress reports is to provide accurate and timely program information to program managers and to respond to Congressional, Departmental, and public requests for information about the program. Grantees must submit quarterly SF425 Federal Financial Reports to the Office of Grants Management 30 days after the end of each calendar quarter and an annual FFR 90 days after the end of the budget period/project period end date. Reports are to be submitted electronically through GrantSolutions. A competing renewal application must be submitted.
In accordance with the provisions of 2 CFR 200, Subpart F - Audit Requirements, non-Federal entities that expend financial assistance of $750,000 or more in Federal awards will have a single or a program-specific audit conducted for that year. Non-Federal entities that expend less than $750,000 a year in Federal awards are exempt from Federal audit requirements for that year, except as noted in 2 CFR 200.503. In addition, grants and cooperative agreements are subject to inspection and audits by DHHS and other Federal government officials.
Financial records, supporting documents, statistical records, and all other records pertinent to a grant shall be retained for a minimum of 3 years, or longer pending completion and resolution of any audit findings. HHS and the Comptroller General of the United States or any of their designated authorized officials shall have the right of access to any books, documents, papers, or other records of a grantee, sub-grantee, contractor, or subcontractor, which are pertinent to the HHS grant, in order to make audits, examinations, excerpts and transcripts. Grantees are required to maintain grant accounting records 3 years after the end of a budget period. If any litigation, claim, negotiation, audit or other action involving the records has been started before the expiration of the 3-year period, the records shall be retained until completion of the action and resolution of all issues which arise from it, or until the end of the regular 3-year period, whichever is later.
Other Assistance Considerations
Formula and Matching Requirements
This program has no statutory formula.
Matching requirements are not applicable to this program.
MOE requirements are not applicable to this program.
Length and Time Phasing of Assistance
For Phase I, project period is not to exceed 1 year.
For Phase II, project period is not to exceed 5 years. Method of awarding/releasing assistance: by letter of credit.
Who do I contact about this opportunity?
Regional or Local Office
None. Ms. Stephanie Alexander
Hubert Humphrey Building, 733E
200 Independence Avenue, SW
Washington, DC 20201
Phone : (202) 401-9546
Fax: (202) 401-4005
Headquarters Office
Brenda C. Donaldson Tower Building Suite 550, 1101 Wootton Parkway, Rockville, Maryland 20852 Email: Phone: (240) 453-8822.
Website Address
Financial Information
Account Identification
(Cooperative Agreements) FY 14 $3,366,948; FY 15 est $2,999,996; and FY 16 Estimate Not Available
Range and Average of Financial Assistance
For Phase I, the OWH anticipates making a 1 year award of a $100,000 (direct and indirect) starting September 1, 2010, and ending August 31, 2011. For Phase II, the OWH anticipates making competitive continuation awards available for up to 5 years for implementation ranging from $300,000-$400,000 total cost (indirect and direct). For Phase II, the number of awards made is contingent upon satisfactory progress of Phase I the quality and type of applications received, the amount of funds requested by the applicants and the availability of Federal funds.
Regulations, Guidelines and Literature
Not Applicable.
Examples of Funded Projects
Not Applicable.


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